A step-by-step miniature painting

Summer Spray (2.25 x 3.5 inches)
Finished painting titled: “Summer Spray”. (2.25 x 3.5 inches). This scene is from one of my June trips to the west coast on Vancouver Island, near Tofino.

The following are images showing the progressive steps for the completion of the miniature painting “Summer Spray” (2.25 x 3.5 inches). I’ve included a few brief notes about each stage of the image as it developed for those who are interested. This scene is from one of my summer visits to the west coast of Vancouver Island, a beautiful place to explore and enjoy year round but especially so on a sunny day!

1. Placing lines and blocking in colours
1. I began this piece with a few fine painted lines before blocking in larger areas with colour, using a #4 and #8 filberts to lay in the initial washes.
2. Developing distant shoreline and shaping areas with texture and colour
2. Here I’m using a 1/4″ deerfoot stipple brush to add the appearance of texture to the rocks, water and distant foliage. I paint over the same areas with several thin washes before defining them further with a #1 mini round brush.
3. Finishing background shoreline and developing foreground
3. I’m nearly done developing the background trees with fine detail, using a #0 mini round brush, and turning my attention to the foreground greenery.
4. Working in some detail and building up the water and rocks
4. Here I’m really breaking up the foreground rocks into more manageable pieces. Also, I’m starting to build up the water and define where it meets the rocks, mainly with the #1 mini round brush.
5. Building up the immediate foreground and detailing more rocks and water
5. Detailing the smallest rocks and stones with the #0 mini round brush, while also laying the foundation for the foreground water. I’m paying attention to the reflected areas on the sand and to the shaping of the foam and spray.
6. Heavily detailing all foreground areas
6. Now I’m detailing the water in the foreground with a #0 mini round brush, adding the eddies and swirls and ripples. This is one of my favourite parts of painting a water scene!
7. A final tweaking of all lights and darks and adding seagulls
7. At this point I’m moving all around the painting with a #0 or #00 mini round brush, tweaking all the final highlights and darks. I’m also adding two little seagulls and final thin washes to harmonize the colours.
Miniature painting scale (2.25 x 3.5 inches in size)
The finished painting with a quarter to show the scale.
Summer Spray (2.25 x 3.5 inches)
Finished painting titled: “Summer Spray”. (2.25 x 3.5 inches). This scene is from one of my June trips to the west coast on Vancouver Island, near Tofino.


New minis for annual show at Gallery 8

These tiny, circular miniature paintings are some of the smallest acrylic paintings I create. The size and format is a nice change from the slightly larger rectangles I usually paint. Size here, being relative of course!

These little paintings will be on display and available for purchase at the upcoming 10th Anniversary show at Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island. The show opens April 19th!



West Coast Miniature

This miniature painting was inspired by a recent trip to the beautiful west coast of Vancouver Island, where the site and sound of the waves along the beach were absolutely wonderful.

Titled “West Coast Waves”, this mini painting measures 1.75 x 5.25 inches in size and is painted in acrylic on paper board.

West Coast Waves (1.75 x 5.25 inches)
“West Coast Waves” (1.75 x 5.25 inches)


Adventures in Art and Miniature Paintings